Kaitohutohu Mātāmua | Principal Advisor (Rights and Interests) | Flexible

Ministry for the Environment

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Multiple Location Options
  • An expert communicator with strong relationship skills
  • Promote a Te Ao Māori world view through all our work
  • Permanent or secondment options available

Opportunity for an innovative and relationship focused Principal Advisor. 

Mō te tūnga | About the role  

Wai - Freshwater – developing and implementing policy and regulation that recognises Māori rights and interests in freshwater, through engagement with Māori, iwi and hapū. 

The role involves with engaging with Iwi to ensure Māori perspectives are applied for all water rights decisions - through our policy workings.  

The role requires:

  • An understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Ao Māori and engaging with Māori/iwi.
  • Experience in the negotiation of Treaty of Waitangi settlements and implementation of settlement commitments;
  • Experience advancing Māori perspectives in policy, preferably within central government, local government or the private sector.
  • Relationship management experience and the ability to create lasting relationships with multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Expertise in Mātauranga Māori as it applies to biophysical domains is ideal (freshwater, land and marine, Climate Change).

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience  

To be successful in the role of Principal Advisor you will be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and experience including the ability to inspire, influence and build the Te Ao Māori in others.  You will be comfortable at both sides of engagement – crown / Iwi and an excellent relationship builder. 

We are looking for exceptional candidates whose working style demonstrates: 

  • Innovative thinking - Bring fresh thinking and be receptive to others' ideas and ways of working. The ability to Problem-solve and advise with impact.  Think strategically and consider regulatory and non-regulatory approaches when implementing policy changes.
  • A focus on action - Achieve ambitious goals and operate with a high degree of accountability and judgement.

We are a Ministry that invests in the development of its people, values and supports Māori in our workplace, and in the future you will have opportunities to rotate into other subject areas within the Ministry. 

Mō mātou | About us  

The Ministry's purpose - He taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa - a flourishing environment for every generation.   

We offer: 

  • a flexible by default approach to support your work-life balance
  • agile working, allowing you variety and challenges across the organisation as we work as ‘One MfE'
  • generous leave entitlements
  • training to competently and effectively engage with Māori as our Treaty Partner, this includes te reo me ona tikanga Māori courses
  • active social club and employee networks, including a Māori staff network
  • opportunities for development and education.          

A key priority for the Ministry is Te Ao Māori. This means we work with our Treaty partner to advance Māori priorities for the environment and for environmental success.  We will be confident and coordinated in our ongoing engagement with Māori and lead the natural resources system in engaging for success with tangata whenua.  We will grow our capability and capacity to accurately reflect Māori views in our work. 

We embrace diversity and inclusion and are committed to equal opportunities. What's important to us is ‘he rau kotahi tangata' – embracing our multiple talents – by harnessing our diversity and being inclusive. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds.  

As a flexible friendly employer we are happy to discuss flexible options that may work for you and the business.  We value and care about enabling our people to work in a way that means they can work at their best.  

Tono ināianei | Apply Now 

Click on the Apply Online button to complete the questionnaire and submit along with your resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role. 

Salary range: $148,206 to $186,317 - appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience. 

If you require further information about this position, please contact Lucy Bolton on lucy.bolton@mfe.govt.nz

If you require further information on the application process, please contact vacancy@mfe.govt.nz 

Note, in the long-term the location for this position is flexible but for the first 6 months it is preferred that the position is Wellington based. 

Rā Katinga | Applications close: Thursday, 28 January 2021.


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